I called my grandmother on Mother’s Day and enjoyed a wonderful conversation with her. She has such a bright spirit and an incredible zeal for God. I love listening to her many stories about us growing up, but my favorite stories are those of my mother. You see, my mother passed away from brain cancer … Continue reading When Faith is Hard to Find
Worrying is Practical Atheism
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7 I must admit as much as this post may seem to be … Continue reading Worrying is Practical Atheism
Tough Questions: Do babies who die go to heaven?
This is one of the most difficult questions that a person will ever face. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do was to minister to a set of parents who have lost their infant child. Many will say that it is wrong to comfort parents by saying that their child … Continue reading Tough Questions: Do babies who die go to heaven?
What a Disciple Must Be
Jesus in the great commission called on his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This is the central purpose of the church to produce disciple-making disciples, but the most pressing issue with that purpose centers on the question of “what is a disciple?” Jesus isn’t interested in fans or crowds; he … Continue reading What a Disciple Must Be
What we can Learn from Irenaeus and the “Rule of Faith”
One of the first major heresies to threaten the church was Gnosticism. Gnosticism taught that there was a higher and secret spiritual knowledge (gnosis) passed down by Jesus, and that only those who have obtained this knowledge would ultimately be saved. Though there was much variance of belief within Gnostic thinking, prominent and universal views among … Continue reading What we can Learn from Irenaeus and the “Rule of Faith”
A Drive-By Theology of Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 - “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver … Continue reading A Drive-By Theology of Prayer
Abounding in Love
In Philippians 1:9, Paul prays, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.” “Love” is such a common word to us that it is easy to miss Paul’s concern. We mistake love for a flimsy emotion, often mistaken for lust. This pseudo-love is portrayed as … Continue reading Abounding in Love
A Settled Confidence in the Work of God
Philippians 1:6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it or bring it unto completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” One of the greatest joys that any minister has, is not based on the state their church is currently in. It’s the joy … Continue reading A Settled Confidence in the Work of God
A Drive-By Theology about God
Five Foundational Truths Christians have about God: God has spoken to man, and the Bible is His word. God is Lord and King over all things. God is Savior, active in sovereign love through the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, our rescuer. God is Triune (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Godliness refers to … Continue reading A Drive-By Theology about God
What Nehemiah Reveals to Us About Prayer
Nehemiah was a man who was passionate for the glory of God and the welfare of his fellow Jews. Nehemiah in a clear state of concern is moved and immediately turns to prayer, and in doing so reveals to us what every believer's prayer life must be rooted in.